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Sluyter, Ronald

Professor

  • Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute
  • Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
  • Molecular Horizons
  • School of Chemistry and Molecular Bioscience
  • Head - Immunology and Cell Signalling

Overview


Prof. Sluyter is an academic located in the School of Chemistry and Molecular Bioscience and group leader in the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI). Prof. Sluyter undertook Honours in 1991 (University of Technology, Sydney) investigating drug resistance in leukaemia before working for 2 years as a research assistant (University of Sydney) in cancer immunology and allergy, fueling his interest in cellular immunology. This resulted him in undertaking a PhD in cancer immunology (University of Sydney) and established his credentials as a cellular immunologist. He then worked as a research fellow studying West Nile viral infections (University of Sydney, 1999) and then P2X7 and purinergic signalling (Nepean Hospital, 2000-2007). During this second post-doctoral position, Prof. Sluyter discovered and characterised several mutations in the human P2RX7 gene and revealed their relevance to inflammation, leukaemia and tuberculosis. During this period he also discovered and characterised P2X7 on various blood and skin cells in humans and dogs. In 2008, Prof. Sluyter was appointed as a Senior Lecturer (University of Wollongong) where in addition to teaching biochemistry, immunology and cell biology, he continued to uncover the presence of P2X7 and other purinergic molecules on various cell types, and reveal the role of these molecules in human and companion animal health and disease including inflammation, graft-versus-host-disease, motor neurone disease, and head and neck cancer. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2015 and full Professor in 2019, and continues to teach and undertake research in the above areas.

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Prof. Sluyter is Head of the Immunology and Cell Signalling Group. His group explores the roles P2X7 and other purinergic signalling molecules in human and veterinary health and disease including graft-versus-host disease, cancer immunology, motor neurone disease and inflammation.

Selected Publications


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Teaching Activities


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Investigating the role of host and pathogen factors in group A streptococcal skin infection McEwan, Tahnee
    Doctor of Philosophy The P2X7 Receptor in Inflammation and Disease Cuthbertson, Peter
    Doctor of Philosophy New generation multifunctional nanoceramics for melanoma prevention and therapy Chaki Borras, Marcela
    Doctor of Philosophy Investigations of the Anti-cancer Potential of Bi and Ga Complexes of Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs and Flavonoids. Crapis, Serafina
    Doctor of Philosophy Combination Therapies to Prevent Graft-versus-host Disease. Sligar, Chloe
    Doctor of Philosophy Targeting P2X7 to Prevent Graft-versus-Host Disease Following Donor Stem Cell Transplantation El Hage, Amal

Professional Service Activities


Keywords


  • Blood cancers
  • Cellular immunology
  • Flow cytometry
  • Graft-versus-host disease
  • Motor neurone disease
  • Purinergic signalling
  • Skin and mucosal cancers

Full Name


  • Ronald Sluyter

Mailing Address


  • Room 32.306, IHMRI (Bldg 32)

    University of Wollongong

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • B-5798-2009

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Prof. Sluyter is Head of the Immunology and Cell Signalling Group. His group explores the roles P2X7 and other purinergic signalling molecules in human and veterinary health and disease including graft-versus-host disease, cancer immunology, motor neurone disease and inflammation.

Selected Publications


Investigator On


Impact Story


Teaching Activities


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Investigating the role of host and pathogen factors in group A streptococcal skin infection McEwan, Tahnee
    Doctor of Philosophy The P2X7 Receptor in Inflammation and Disease Cuthbertson, Peter
    Doctor of Philosophy New generation multifunctional nanoceramics for melanoma prevention and therapy Chaki Borras, Marcela
    Doctor of Philosophy Investigations of the Anti-cancer Potential of Bi and Ga Complexes of Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs and Flavonoids. Crapis, Serafina
    Doctor of Philosophy Combination Therapies to Prevent Graft-versus-host Disease. Sligar, Chloe
    Doctor of Philosophy Targeting P2X7 to Prevent Graft-versus-Host Disease Following Donor Stem Cell Transplantation El Hage, Amal

Professional Service Activities


Keywords


  • Blood cancers
  • Cellular immunology
  • Flow cytometry
  • Graft-versus-host disease
  • Motor neurone disease
  • Purinergic signalling
  • Skin and mucosal cancers

Full Name


  • Ronald Sluyter

Mailing Address


  • Room 32.306, IHMRI (Bldg 32)

    University of Wollongong

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • B-5798-2009

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